Short haircuts you'll be asking for in 2020

Forget 'New Year, New Me' — it's all about 'New Hair, New Me,' because there's no better way to start the year than with a fresh hairdo. Whether you've had long hair forever or are addicted to bobs, you're bound to have noticed the rising trend of short hair everywhere, from your Instagram feed to the red carpet. Kim Kardashian, Emma Stone, Lucy Hale, Kaia Gerber, Hailey Bieber, and almost every other style crush we can think of has dabbled with a shorter look in the last year, and experts believe short hair will only become more popular in 2020. Jay Birmingham, celebrity hairdresser and owner of Jay Birmingham Hair, even goes so far to say (via Allure), "2020 is the major bob movement, long hair simply isn't that interesting anymore."

Luckily, there are a variety of short haircuts that are set to dominate this year, meaning there's something for everyone, regardless of hair type, hair texture, or face shape. If you're taking the plunge from long hair to short hair, don't be afraid to talk through your new look with your hairdresser, as there's little that can be done if you hate your hair post-chop. Be sure to do your research and take as many reference photos as you can to achieve a short haircut you're happy with.

Read on for four of the hottest short haircut you'll be asking for in 2020.

Asymmetric bob

Anthony Nader, salon owner and Creative Director at RAW Anthony Nader in Sydney, believes 2020 is the year of the asymmetrical bob. "An asymmetrical bob with a solid baseline showcases healthy thick ends and you can wear this either poker straight or with a wave," he explained to Harper's Bazaar Australia

Seen on celebrities like Mandy Moore, Jenna Dewan, and Jessica Chastain, it's easy to maintain and will keep you looking sophisticated at all times. Ideal for those chopping off their long hair for the first time, Nader suggests playing with the style to achieve your desired look. "Try changing your part line to deep side part for added drama or [go for] that ever-contemporary, strict center part," he advised.

The mini shake

When Lucy Boynton, of Bohemian Rapsody fame, graced the Golden Globes red carpet in 2019, we should have known her bob was about to become the next big thing. According to Barney Martin, owner of Barney Martin Hair, the trend has since inspired the mini shake, which is set to be one of the most popular short haircuts in 2020. 

Celebrity hairstylist Jenny Cho, who cut Lucy Boynton's hair, agrees. "I'm seeing more women go through with the chop," she told Allure. "It's definitely a big decision, but makes for a really dramatic look that frames the face." The mini shake is simply a shorter version of the petit bob Martin explained to Harper's Bazaar Australia. "We go into the stronger base parameters (at the longest, it's jaw length, but can be as short as around the ears) but we elevate the hair and cut in texture for a loose look with tons of natural movement," he continued. The best part? It works on all hair types and textures. 

Bowl cut

Believe it or not, bowl cuts are back. Charlize Theron has officially made bowl cuts cool again, and Harper's Bazaar Australia claims they are set to be one of the most in-demand haircuts of the year. And even global creative team member Tom Smith agrees. "A bowl cut brings back bad memories of haircuts as a child, but this is a style that can ooze edginess and coolness," he told the women's lifestyle publisher. "It's sharp and structured, but can also be quite soft depending on the texture of the hair and the color placement." 

But be warned: bowl cuts are a big commitment. If you're undecided, opt for a soft pixie cut instead.

Modern shag

The modern shag can be adapted to long or short hair, where it's better known by stylists as a lob with curtain bangs. As Ali Holmes, Co-Owner of Wildlife Sogo Salon and KMS Style Council Member revealed to Harper's Bazaar Australia, "The lob with curtain fringe is still very prevalent," and we couldn't agree more, with some of our favorite celebrities like Dakota Johnson and Rashida Jones leading the charge. 

"It's a super safe change for the girl who fancies something different but is too scared," explained Holmes. "It's totally non-committal... meaning it only takes one haircut (6 to 8 weeks) to grow it out." Sign us up!